February 16, 2013
#Occupy LA Hearts Chris Dorner
Occupy Los Angeles has chosen to honor Chris Dorner in the wake of his death, despite the body count he apparently amassed. [...]
The statement of support and solidarity was posted on the Occupy Los Angeles’ official Facebook page Wednesday.
Chris Dorner definitely had the attitude and mentality of the #Occupy movement. Like #OWS protesters, Dorner had no respect for law or due process. Once he deemed someone guilty of a crime, he felt it his duty to exact punishment.
And it didn't have to be a literal crime committed for Dorner to take matters into his own hands. Just offending his PC sensitivities was enough. For example, in his manifesto he recounts two separate instances in which someone offended him with a slur, and in which he responded with his own brand of justice (emphasis mine):
I told Magana not to use that word again. I explained that it was a well known offensive word that should not be used by anyone. He replied, “I’ll say it when I want”. Officer Burdios, a friend of his, also stated that he would say nigger when he wanted. At that point I jumped over my front passenger seat and two other officers where I placed my hands around Burdios’ neck and squeezed. I stated to Burdios, “Don’t fucking say that”. At that point there was pushing and shoving and we were separated by several other officers. What I should have done, was put a Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 147 grain bullet in his skull and Officer Magana’s skull.
The second instance in the manifesto happened when he was in high school:
A fellow student, Jim Armstrong if I can recall, called me a nigger on the playground. My response was swift and non-lethal. I struck him fast and hard with a punch an kick. He cried and reported it to a teacher. The teacher reported it to the principal. The principal swatted Jim for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking Jim in response to him calling me a nigger.
In both these cases, Dorner reacted violently to a non-violent offense. Certain derogatory slurs are offensive to most people, but the mere utterance of such words are no excuse to respond with physical violence. Especially by someone who is supposed to be able to maintain emotional control in volatile situations.
Also, in both these cases, Dorner expressed anger and outrage that he, too, was held accountable for his behavior. Just like the #OWS movement, he expected praise and commendation for his actions, even though his actions violated common civility expected from decent people, much less from police officers.
Did Dorner have legitimate issues with the LAPD over circumstances surrounding his firing?
But taking matters into his own hands was not an option. Killing innocent people was not an option. His behavior only illustrates the LAPD was absolutely correct in one thing: Dorner was not suited to be a police officer. If his manifesto was an indicator of his mental state at the time of his firing, he should have been fired.
But to Dorner, as with the #Occupy movement, the end justifies the means. Even if the means undermines everything you achieve in the end.